Bates history

R. Bates & Sons, Inc. was founded over 100 years ago in 1919. Founder Reginald Bates bought one of the first steam shovels ever used in the state and built a successful and highly respected heavy construction company which has stood the test of time.

Reggie’s dedication to his clients and employees is the foundation that the company was built on and is carried onto this day with the present management team.

Bates Today

Today, R. Bates & Sons, Inc. has the skill, knowledge and resources to construct bridges, dams, roads, parks, boat ramps, pools and spray parks to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients.

Our clients know that when they have Bates on their team as a General Contractor, the job will be done professionally and meet their every requirement including:

  • Cost effective bids
  • Very strong project management
  • Consistently on time and on budget
  • Quality work
  • Cooperative and talented field supervision
  • Skilled labor force
  • Complete competency with State, Municipal and Federal requirements

The result is future clients of R. Bates & Sons can feel confident of knowing that based on our extensive work history with multiple satisfied clients, they are getting more than just a winning bid.

You will be getting a partner totally dedicated giving you the best possible product for your community.

Meet the team

Jim Learned

Jim started working with R. Bates & Sons part-time in 1993 as a field engineer intern and then as a full-time Project Manager/Estimator in 2001. Jim has a BS in Civil Engineering from RPI and a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Jason Houle

Jason began working for R. Bates & Sons in 2015. He has over 20 years of general construction experience and has worked on jobs involving DEP compliance, infrastructure, landfill closures, water and wastewater treatment plants, dam and bridge reconstruction and repair, waterway access and park and recreational facility infrastructure upgrades. Jason has BS in Environmental Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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